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Why is spd such an important stat?

#1firehockey91Posted 10/24/2013 5:13:57 AM
I've been reading this on the competitive boards and if you guys could give me some clarity as to why it's so highly regarded. Unlike other RPGs speed doesn't generate ex turns, so is it simply a first strike tool for OHKOs?
#2ArcXenosPosted 10/24/2013 5:15:44 AM
That sweeping garchomp might be the only thing you see
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#3LontaBeansPosted 10/24/2013 5:16:38 AM
Well if you move faster, you get the first hit...
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#4imitebjoePosted 10/24/2013 5:17:16 AM
It is indeed for the first hit

normally in a battle of sweepers, the one who hits first will win
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#5KibalnuzukaPosted 10/24/2013 5:17:20 AM
Having the first move can give alot of advantages, such as putting your opponent to sleep, paralyzing it, flinching it, or straight out KO-ing it.
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#6motoraptorPosted 10/24/2013 5:17:20 AM
Would you rather be going second all the time?
#7firehockey91(Topic Creator)Posted 10/24/2013 5:18:14 AM
So it is a turn relevancy to avoid sweepers? That's interesting because I don't see a lot about boosting def and sdef to withstand that first attack, which could be the same I guess. I don't play competitively so the mechanics confound me a little
#8montyaiPosted 10/24/2013 5:19:55 AM
Well, there are some pokemon that prefer to go after an enemy too.
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#9firehockey91(Topic Creator)Posted 10/24/2013 5:20:53 AM
motoraptor posted...
Would you rather be going second all the time?

It's not as simple as that though... With some abilities like sturdy it seems like going second with a "minus strike" type ability (if it even exists) would change the outcome considerably
#10_AverageGamerPosted 10/24/2013 5:41:30 AM(edited)
Being first is very important, almost more important that attack and special attack.

Imagine I have two Speed Boosting Blazikens. Both are EV'd out in Atk and Spe. This is a very common competitive Pokemon with a very common build. One is Jolly another is Adamant. The Adamant one will hit slightly harder, but the Jolly one will always go first. In the end, the Jolly Blaziken will much more likely KO the Adamant Blaziken simply because it went first on that last round.
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